When: Tuesday, Feb 13, 2024, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Learn how to design tile installations for wet areas based on environmental exposure classifications in the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook. We’ll cover wet area guidelines for showers, steam rooms, natatoriums, and locker rooms. Examine which substrates are appropriate for wet areas and how to properly prepare them. Next, we’ll discuss requirements for waterproof membranes including overlaps, proper thickness, treatment at returns, and terminations at drains. Learn how to achieve the required slope to drain for tile floors. We’ll also discuss critical points for various shower types including different types of drains, backer boards, and waterproofing. Finally, see what installer qualifications and tile industry credentialing programs you should consider requiring when designing and building for wet areas.
Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the TCNA Handbook’s environmental exposure classifications and their unique design requirements including Commercial Wet, High Humidity, Submerged, and Heavy Moisture Exposure.
  • Examine critical points of tile design and installation unique to traditional tiled shower assemblies and prefabricated shower assemblies.
  • Learn the best practices and industry standards for the design and installation of different types of waterproof membranes.
  • Discuss the importance of qualified labor and learn about the tile industry credentialing programs specific to installation of tile in wet areas.

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About the Speaker
Scott Conwell, FAIA, FCSI, CDT, LEED AP
Director of Industry Development and Technical Services, IMI

For the past 3 decades, Scott has dedicated his career to educating design professionals on best design and construction practices in masonry, stone, tile, and terrazzo. He has presented over 1000 AIA-registered seminars in the U.S. and abroad. Scott has written dozens of technical articles for trade journals like Construction Specifier, Licensed Architect, BAC Journal, and 093000 Contractor, where he has a quarterly column. In recognition of his educational contributions to the national design community, Scott was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) in 2015, and a Fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute (FCSI) in 2018.
Scott leads IMI’s tile, marble, and terrazzo industry development program. He sits on the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook committee, the ANSI committee for tile standards, and is a founding member and advisor to the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) committee. He has organized IMI’s national series of multi-city tile, marble, and terrazzo educational conferences and workshops with the participation of top material suppliers and other tile industry organizations, helping designers navigate the changing world of tile standards and installation practices. In recognition of his work, in 2021, Scott was bestowed the Carl V. Cesery Award for Service to the Ceramic Tile Industry by the Tile Contractors’ Association of America (TCAA).

About the Speaker
Dean Moilanen
Director of Architectural Services, Noble Company

Dean Moilanen is a Division 9 waterproofing, crack isolation, and permeation specialist who advises on some of the most demanding and prestigious projects in the USA. As a 35-year veteran of the tile industry, Dean’s relationships with architects, builders, and owners allow him access to some of the most challenging and compelling design issues in the industry. Dean’s extensive career on job sites gives him a real-world perspective as he has seen first-hand success and failure relating to product selection, installation issues, and sequencing challenges.